Midweek League One Betting: Lowe's Greens can end Tuesday on a high

Ryan Lowe's Plymouth have enjoyed a superb start this season and are up to fourth in the table

A full list of League One fixtures is something to look forward to on Tuesday and Alan Dudman is backing Plymouth to maintain their fine start to the season...

"They are unbeaten since their opening day defeat to Rotherham and lady luck was with them on Saturday with a last-minute penalty to beat Doncaster 2-1."

Back Plymouth to beat Crewe @ 1.9010/11

Green Army to roll on towards top three

Plymouth Argyle v Crewe

Plymouth's deadly duo of Ryan Hardie and Luke Jephcott have built a formidable partnership for the Greens, and this season's surprise package look a fair bet against struggling Crewe at 1.9010/11. On Monday morning, this was the match that had attracted the most liquidity along with Ipswich, with the money matched in those two miles ahead of the rest of the fixtures.

Hardie the former Rangers youngster has eight goals in 11 matches and his partner Jephcott has five - they've helpled the Greens enjoy their best start to a season since their League Two promotion in 2016-17 with an impressive 18 points from nine matches. They are unbeaten since their opening day defeat to Rotherham and lady luck was with them on Saturday with a last-minute penalty to beat Doncaster 2-1.

Argyle boss Ryan Lowe admitted his team weren't at their best and looked a little jaded, but their 12th man of the crowd got them home. Plymouth have now had five successive 10,000-plus crowds at Home Park - with over 13,000 packed in for the Sheffield Wednesday win, that was their biggest win of the season.

Lowe's system means that opponents are always defending against two forwards, as Pompey boss Danny Cowley pointed out that not many teams attack this way in the third tier. Cowley also praised the way the Greens entice teams out wide to open up the spaces for the front two - which is perhaps why Plymouth have scored in every home fixture this term.

Crewe endured a shocking August with five losses on the spin but somehow earned a point against Rotherham against their 'land of the giants'. It was a lucky point as the Millers had over 20 shots on goal and completely dominated the game, with Alex boss David Artell looking a relieved man at the final whistle shaking hands with his old team-mate Paul Warne.

The visitors played a 3-5-2 on Saturday, but even with their five, Plymouth have lots of energy in midfield with effectively two number 8s and they can maintain their excellent start to the season and could have a chance to go top if the Sunderland, Wigan or MK Dons slip up.

Hardie is 16/5 to score first on the Sportsbook, with his strike partner Jephcott at 4/1. The latter takes penalties so a combo with him and Plymouth to win on the Betbuilder pays out 7.09.

Fleetwood can earn a point at MK

MK Dons v Fleetwood Town

Another team in form at the moment is Liam Manning's MK Dons, and they recorded their fourth successive home victory in Buckinghamshire on Saturday against Wycombe.

The Dons have scored in every game this season and had an astonishing 80% of the possession against Gareth Ainsworth's team, and Manning admitted they weren't their best - but that's twice now they have had to find a different way of winning away from their passing style.

On-loan Spurs man Troy Parrott grabbed his third of the campaign from the spot and is a big price 6/1 to score first on the Sportsbook. The Irish forward is capable of deft touches and moments of quality, but Manning is still searching for his consistency but he has always been highly-rated and has been capped at international level.

The hosts will line up with a back three and also have goals from midfield against an in-form opponent on Tuesday.

Fleetwood lost their opening four games, but were always in those matches and deserved more, but they have turned a corner with a sequence that included a big 4-2 win against Rotherham and a mighty 2-2 with Sunderland. Manager Simon Grayson has introduced some younger players to the squad and are dangerous on the counter-attack and could be worth a point for this one.

The Double Chance at around 2.56/4 is interesting but I am happy going with the outright draw at 3.55.

Owls look a big price to bounce back

Wigan Athletic v Sheffield Wednesday

One of the biggest games on Tuesday night is Wigan and Sheffield Wednesday - two of the big-hitters in the division considering their high turnover of players in the summer. Both Leam Richardson and Darren Moore have riches beyond most in terms of their ability to pay wages, but as we have seen with Ipswich, it doesn't always go according to plan.

The Owls are now out to 17.016/1 in the League One winner market, with Wigan now second favourites at 5.85/1.

On front twos alone, Wednesday should walk this division with Saido Berahino and Lee Gregory up front. Berahino once went for £12million and Gregory is a proven scorer at Championship level, but even those two couldn't beat Ipswich on Saturday in a 1-1.

The hosts themselves have a good pairing in Callum Lang and Charlie Wyke although it was somewhat disappointing how Cheltenham froze at the weekend, as they failed to land a glove on the Latics, who produced a performance of a side chasing the title.

Wednesday are big price and it's not often you'll see them this season at 3.052/1, but they haven't won in four so it's understandable, and tempting at the same time. Wednesday got themselves up for the big game at Rotherham earlier in the season and won 2-0, looking a side with plenty of pace that day.

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